So, thanks to a tip from Albuquerque gadabout, man-about-town, and fan extraordinaire Craig Chrissenger, I spent some time corresponding with my editor at Tor today.
Bitter Seeds is currently out of stock at the warehouse, because all copies from the intial print run have been shipped to fulfill bookstore orders. This doesn’t mean the book has sold out — not by a long shot — but it does mean the first batch of orders exceeded expectations. Speaking verrrry cautiously here, that’s good news.
The real question is how many of those copies shipped to bookstores actually sell, and how many get returned to the publisher. It’s possible of course that the entire stock of reprinted copies will end up moldering at the bottom of the Hudson River. (I’m told my optimistic outlook will serve me well in the world of publishing.)
Just minutes after this conversation, I received an email from my friend Emma Frost in England, who said the shipping of her order from Amazon.co.uk had been delayed because it is “awaiting stock from [their] suppliers”.
I guess this means the shipping might be delayed on some orders, pending the situation at the warehouse. I don’t know. But I do know the rush reprint is happening as I type this, more or less.
So… If you’re awaiting a copy and the delivery has been delayed– please, please be patient. I’ll buy you scuba-diving lessons if you don’t cancel your order. The extra printing could come back to bite me in a huge way, if it turns into huge returns.
It’s too early to say whether this is definitively good news or not. But, in light of Monday’s news, I’m feeling very cautiously optimistic. For now.